The Collector by Victoria Scott
He makes good girls...bad.
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.
Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:
Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.
Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I am the Collector.
I’m kinda like Santa Claus. We’re both jolly guys with a passion for frosted cookies, the color red… and sorting soul... Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and I get the fun ones.
I could have hated Dante, and maybe I did early on. What with how arrogant and full of himself the guy could get? But then he was funny while acting the way he was so that not a page went by without me laughing, even when he was being an ass to Charlie in particular then everybody else in general.
> The good thing is he didn’t stay that way because there’s a sloooow growth on his part, how he sees her and how he acts because of her.
> Then the other good thing? It’s how he was with the rest of the characters, with her best friend in particular. The best friend’s not afraid to step up say what is and then with her not once did he hold back. So that the moments between the two? Priceless. There were his remarks on how different Charlie was from what he’s accustomed to: she’s sweet and good and nice; everything he wasn’t. We see him mean to her and not treat her well (though he really didn’t treat anyone well, in this one to be honest) as well as him manipulate her and various situations to get what he wanted out of her… but then… slowly, he saw what others did and things changed.
Charlie, on the hand, I wish there was more to say about her. That she’s different from him already been said. Obviously, it’s that difference that made them entertaining to read together him becoming better than even he thought he could, and then her becoming different on account of him, as well. It was funny especially in the first half.
Now, if there’s anything I could complain about… it’s the ending, no… it’s the second half. I simply wish we could have gotten more out of Dante and how above everyone else he considered himself. Simply, because he made me laugh whenever he’d say something and that’s even when I wanted to smack him silly! There’s also the whole Boss Man and him being the guy’s right hand and what he had to do because of it; it was interesting but could have been explained further… but who cares really? Not me for sure, mainly because the snark in this one? It could have gone on forever.
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